Dr. Amanda Thomas obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in 1988, pursuing a career in Business and Marketing with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. She went on to complete her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in May of 2000. She is dedicated to her life’s work – helping people and their pets- and feels privileged to be a part of their unique relationship and bond.
Early in Dr. Thomas’ career she designed, built and managed a large Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Billings, Montana, which she owned with her husband. This hospital served Yellowstone County and eight referring veterinary clinics within the region. It is now the largest veterinary hospital in Montana.
In 2008, she began volunteering time to the start up organization called World Vets (worldvets.org). Traveling to developing countries in South and Central America, and in Eastern Europe, Dr. Thomas lead groups of veterinary students, and taught local veterinarians the techniques and skills needed to perform surgeries and provide medical care to animals in rural environments. This continues to be an interest and career endeavor of hers.
Now that Dr. Thomas calls Myrtle Beach her home, she has renovated a former dental office on 21st Avenue North and turned it into a the Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach. This exclusively small animal hospital offers clients and patients full service state of the art diagnostics, and high quality medical and surgical care.
“Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches” is Dr. Thomas’ Jack Russel Terrier to whom this veterinary practice is dedicated.
A native Carolina girl, Dr. Andrea Pennington returned to her favorite beach town after earning her DVM from the University of Tennessee. A deep appreciation for the human-animal bond has led Dr. Pennington to devote her life to caring for pets and helping their owners. Dr. Pennington’s professional passions include nutrition and weight management, chronic disease management, and public education. She is passionate about helping pet parents and their loved ones live long, happy lives together. Dr. Pennington lives in Myrtle Beach with her husband, Chris, and their two rescue dogs, Petie and Mr. Scragglesworth. Both the pups and their parents are enjoying the coastal life, complete with long walks on the beach and taking in the local cuisine.
Dr. Dolly Anderson is originally from the small community of Latta, South Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clemson University in 2001, and in 2005 she graduated from Tuskegee University, in Alabama, with her Doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Anderson has over 12 years of clinical experience in Small Animal Medicine, Surgery and Emergency care. Her strong suits include Diagnostics and Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery and Dentistry. She also excels in Preventative care and Emergency medicine. Her comprehensive focus on the patient, client education and wellness care makes her an excellent practitioner.
After living and working in Florence, SC, she is happy to bring her skills and expertise to the Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach. Dolly is married to Matt Anderson, with whom she has 3 children – Jack, Lily and Pierce. As a family, they enjoy boating, gardening and cooking.
Ever since she was a small child, Dr. Lori Boland knew that her life’s calling was to work with animals. She grew up in rural South Carolina in a small farming community. While attending undergraduate school, she started working part time for a local veterinarian, and immediately knew that this would be her life’s work. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Charleston, Dr. Boland’s passion led her abroad where she received her veterinary degree from the University of London, Royal Veterinary College in 2001. Returning stateside, she pursued and completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Veterinary Referral Centre, Little Falls, NJ. She then traveled west to Colorado to enter private practice. While in Boulder Colorado, she developed a passion for an outdoor life style, which included hiking, rock climbing and skiing. Dr. Boland then headed further west and spent the next 11 years in Las Vegas, Nevada, expanding her skill set and range of experience, and even completed 7 triathlons.
Dr. Boland’s top priority is providing high quality, compassionate veterinary medical care for all of her clients and patients. She is a firm believer in preventative care and quality of life. Lori’s keen understanding of the profound and lasting bond between pets and their owners is boundless. Her expertise lies in Internal Medicine, Soft Tissue Surgery, and Dentistry.
Dr. Boland and her husband, Rick, are happy to have relocated to Myrtle Beach to be closer to family and have fallen in love with beach life. When not working, she can be found enjoying both road and mountain biking, swimming, yoga, music, and practicing the bass guitar, and of course, the beach!
Alexi graduated from Bradford College in Columbus, Ohio with a Veterinary Technology degree in 2010. Wanting to get away from the cold weather, she decided to move to Myrtle Beach to pursue her career. Once in South Carolina, she passed her state license exam, and has been working in the field for 9 years. Being the Hospital Manager, she oversees all the employees and makes sure every client has the best customer service for their pet. She is excited to be working with the best of the best where new ideas are welcome and the equipment and procedures are state of the art. Alexi spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her son, Brayden. They spend their days at the beach and recreational parks around the area.
Pamella grew up in Garfield, NJ with her four older brothers. She started work in the veterinary field when her pet’s veterinarian asked her to come work for him at the Hackensack Animal Hospital. She agreed and stayed for 14 years. Now she calls Myrtle Beach her home and is thrilled to be part of VCMB. When she’s not working she enjoys being at home with her dog and 4 cats, or at the barn tending to her Palomino Quarter Horse, Cushla Macree. She also enjoys watching New York Yankees baseball, cheering on the Carolina Panthers, slugging at the softball batting cages, and cruising on her motorcycle.
Holly has been working with animals since 2010. She started by spending 3 years working at an animal shelter in Charleston. She then transitioned into working at an animal hospital, where she worked as a tech assistant and then as a receptionist. She joined the Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach in 2017 and is excited to be working with such a great team that is working hard to care for the animals of Myrtle Beach. She enjoys working at the front desk, greeting clients and patients as the come in. Holly has one cat, and enjoys reading and going to the beach.
I graduated from Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, NY in January 2000 with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology. I hold a veterinary technician license in NY and in SC. I have worked in private practice, specialty practice, laboratory animal medicine and emergency medicine. I am a certified Purina weight coach and nutrition counselor. I am a district representative for the South Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians. My goals are to work with a great group of people and practice a high level of veterinary medicine. I also am working towards a veterinary technician specialty degree in clinical practice. I moved down to South Carolina in 2005 with my husband who is currently employed with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, and to be closer to family. I enjoy being very involved with the community. I volunteer to speak to school groups and have taken part in mentoring for the local veterinary assistant program. I have taken part in multiple community events such as Relay for Life and the Great Cycle Challenge for Cancer. On my days off, I enjoy bike riding and playing with my children and pets. I currently have two dogs named Tela, a mixed breed and Coax, a Chihuahua, an African Sulcata Tortoise named trey, a fish named Stripe and a leopard gecko named Luke. I love working with animals and could not imagine being in any other career.
McKenzie moved to Myrtle Beach 4 years ago from Cleveland, OH. After finishing a veterinary assistant program at HGTC, she took time off to welcome her now almost 3 year old daughter into the world. She has worked in the veterinary field for 3 years as a veterinarian assistant/technician. Her love for animals started at a young age. She had a variety of pets growing up, from guinea pigs to lizards-you name it! She now calls Myrtle Beach and VCMB her home. She has one dog, Sargent Pepper, and two rescue kitties. In her spare time she enjoys sunny days at the beach and spending time with her family.
Shayla has been a veterinary technician since 2014. After high school, she started her technician career at a local animal clinic in a small town in West Virginia. She moved to Myrtle Beach in 2016. Shayla lives with her husband Justin and their two dogs, Copper and Remmy. She enjoys coming to work every day and expanding her knowledge in the ever-growing veterinary field. She spends her spare time outdoors and hanging out with her family and dogs.
Originally from Kentucky, Travis has over 10 years of experience in veterinary medicine. He spent 5 years in emergency medicine where he became proficient in emergency nursing and honed his surgical skills. While working in Reproductive medicine for over a year, he learned how puppies and kittens were made, whelping, and how to properly care for them as they grow. He enjoys the company of his Miniature Pinscher- Mokee, Sabrina the Siamese and the newest member of his family, a pit mix named Meg. During his leisure time, he enjoys spending time outdoors and tending to his aquarium. With his green thumb, he and his gnomes take care of his flourishing garden.
Kevin is originally from Chicago, where he spent most his life. In 2011, he moved to Georgia for a degree in Fire Science and EMT. After college, he realized his passion for working with animals at a county shelter. That job steered him to pursue a career with animals. For a short time, he moved back to Chicago to be close to family. While he was home, he gained more animal experience at a private shelter. In August 2017, he and his family needed a change and moved to the beach. He is excited to be furthering his skills here at VCMB.
Raised in Conway, and a Myrtle Beach high School graduate, Zhara is a true local to the Horry county area. She went to Spartanburg Methodist College but the beach called her back. There was never a question that Zhara was born with a deep love for all animals. At 14 years old, she was volunteering at local animal shelters. By 19, Zhara had her first job at an animal hospital, with a special interest in critical care and surgery. Her life is run by her two pets – a French bulldog, Mabel and a tabby cat, Helen. During her time off she enjoys hunting for shark teeth at the beach or sightseeing in Southport, NC.
Katie is a graduate of Siena College in New York. She is currently continuing her studies to become a veterinary technician. Katie is an avid dog lover who has been training dogs since she was nine. She has competed in rally, agility, and confirmation. She has done therapy work in nursing homes with her previous dogs. She is now training her red Merle Australian Shepherd for service dog work. Having worked with animals so long, she is very happy to be working at a clinic that acts as a team for the benefit & well being of people’s pets.
Kayla is from Rock Hill, SC but transplanted to Oregon when she was 10 years old. She volunteered at a shelter for about eight years before moving back to Rock Hill in 2012. She started her career with animals working at a dog daycare and boarding facility for 3 years. In October of 2017, she moved to Myrtle Beach where she furthered her career working at the veterinary clinic. Her greatest passion is working with animals, and she is happy to be pursuing this with her job every day. She is grateful for the opportunity of becoming a boarding assistant, which is incredibly rewarding. She has a full house of rescues ranging from a husky, two small mix breed pups and two cats. In her free time, she absolutely loves exploring her new city she calls home!
Martinne is originally from Ipswich, England. She moved to Myrtle Beach in 2003 with her family. She has worked since 2013 in the animal industry, with a variety of experience from emergency, managing a grooming salon and has her own pet sitting business. When she is not pampering everyone’s pets, you can find her at the beach or hiking in the mountains. Other activities she enjoys are: watching football (Go Ravens), reading, cooking, and working out.
The Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach is a Myrtle Beach veterinary clinic that provides routine services, surgical services, and emergency services for all types of pets along the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.